Creamy Potato [&] Bacon Soup…You would never know it’s Whole 30 Approved!

This creamy loaded potato soup is sure to be a crowd pleaser…it tastes like you are eating loaded mashed potatoes with bacon!  The temperatures are slowly falling which means boots and sweater weather is almost here.  This hearty delicious meal is perfect for our new fall weather.
You really must try this yummy soup without the dairy, cream, and cheeses…its healthy and hearty.  No one will believe you that its dairy-free because it is so creamy and so delicious!  The whole family will enjoy its creamy filling flavor!
Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
1/2 lb bacon
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
3 lbs potatoes, scrubbed, peeled, and quartered (I like to use red potatoes, but white potatoes work great too)
1 tbsp arrowroot starch
32 oz chicken broth
1/4 cup nutritional yeast (optional, but helps give it a cheesy flavor)
1 1/2 cups coconut milk (don’t worry, it won’t taste like coconut)
Salt and pepper
Toppings of choice: green onions, fresh basil, fresh pico, shredded cheese or sour cream if you tolerate dairy
Creamy Loaded Potato Soup
Cook bacon in a large saucepan and then remove the pieces onto paper towels and leave the grease. Saute the onions in the bacon grease for up to 5 minutes until they are tender, then sprinkle with the arrowroot starch. Cook and stir for a minute, and then slowly add in the chicken broth while stirring.
Add the potatoes and bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-30 minutes until very tender. Use a potato masher and mash up the potatoes. If you like the soup more chunky, leave large pieces of potato. If you like it creamier, you can even use an immersion blender. Add the nutritional yeast and stir, then add coconut milk and crumbled bacon. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. I used about 2 tsp of each. Simmer for 10 more minutes.
Serve with whatever toppings you wish!

34 thoughts on “Creamy Potato [&] Bacon Soup…You would never know it’s Whole 30 Approved!”

  1. Can you make this without the arrowroot and yeast? It sounds amazing but I don’t think my HEB carries them.

    1. Hi Laura,

      I just stumbled across the recipe and will be trying it out. My husband and I recently found whole30 compliant bacon at Wegmans and Harris Teeter. It’s Pedersons Natural Farms Bacon and has right on the label that it’s Whole30 compliant.

      Hope that helps!

    2. Pedersen’s uncured (better for you) and no sugar, Whole30 approved. I can’t tell the difference. Found at Sprouts market

  2. This soup is one of our favorites! It’s so warm, comforting and rich on a cool day. When football season begins I get excited that it’s that time of year for soups and stews, and this recipe comes back into our rotation. If you haven’t made this soup, make it! The basil is a must – it works perfectly with everything else. (I use cornstarch in place of arrowroot and leave out the nutritional yeast because cheesy flavors aren’t my favorite.) Thank you for this delicious recipe! I’ve recommended it to many others.

  3. I was between several recipes for the start of my Whole30, but sided with this one after the comments. I had to substitute the arrowroot starch with tapioca, but left everything else the same. And it is delicious! When I make is again, I am going to cut down on the pepper suggestion. It was a little overpowering and I feel like I can’t even taste the bacon. But otherwise great recipe! Strongly suggest!!

  4. This soup is amazing. I think next time I’m going to puree some carrots to add to it (because I’m a very picky eater and I have to trick myself, haha) and maybe add jalapeños! I love spicy food. Thank you so much!

  5. Just made this per recipe, added garlic and thinly sliced celery. Husband and I liked it. My teen boys said it was OK. Will make again. I recommend it. Thanks!

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